Burnley MP in canal pipe safety call after boy's death

Burnley MP in canal pipe safety call after boy's death

Burnley MP in canal pipe safety call after boy's death

Burnley MP in canal pipe safety call after boy's death

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BURNLEY MP Gordon Birtwistle is calling for the canal bridge pipe where tragic Robbie Williamson was playing to be cordoned off.

He said: "There should be something at either end, spikes or a metal ring, to prevent access. They need to make it completely inaccessible."

Robbie, 11, died on Tuesday night after he fell from the pipe and hit his head on the canal path before falling into the water.

Now United Utilities has launched an investigation into the safety of the pipe at Dugdale Bridge in Lowerhouse Lane, Rosegrove.

Helen Wilson, spokesperson for United Utilities, said: “We are very sorry to hear of this tragic accident and we are currently carrying out our own investigations.”

Mr Birtwistle, who visited the scene yesterday, welcomed the United Utilities investigation.

He said: “It absolutely needs to be blocked off and should have been before now.

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“Unfortunately it will be too late for this young lad but it could prevent it happening again.

“It’s absolutely tragic what has happened to this young lad. These are the things that young boys do.

“That pipe has been there for many years and I’m sure many children have walked across it, but you can never be sure what’s going to happen."

Rosegrove and Lowerhouse residents, including Sarah Stevenson, mother of Robbie’s best friend, Josh, said the pipe had been a safety concern for a long time.

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Mrs Stevenson said: “It’s just devastating. I can’t believe it. All the kids have done it. It needs blocking off.”

Peter Graham, the man who pulled Robbie’s body from the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, said the pipe, which is attached to the side of the bridge, was plagued daily by youngsters climbing from one side to the other.

He said: “That pipe needs to be fenced over. I’ve only lived here for two months but I believe that every single day there’s a kid on it.”

One resident, who lives in the terraced row of houses just yards from the scene of the tragedy, said she wanted the pipe removed.

The 30-year-old woman, who did not want to be named, said: “I want that pipe pulled down. It’s appalling. It needs to be taken down.

“All my lifetime kids have played on it. What else have kids got to do in Burnley? It shouldn’t have taken this much to get it down.”

The number of floral tributes, balloons, Burnley FC scarves and messages of condolences for Robbie, tied to the railings and laid on the canal path, grew overnight.

Brian Parkinson, of Rosegrove Residents’ Association, said he would raise the matter with ward councillors.

Mr Parkinson, who has lived in Rosegrove for more than 40 years, said yesterday: “I’ll be seeing councillors tonight and will ask if something can be done about the pipe.”

• AROUND 100 messages of condolence have been written on the wall underneath the bridge where Robbie Williamson died.

Beside dozens of floral tributes on the canal path, three permanent markers had been left in a box for people to leave their own personal note to the 11-year-old.

Burnley FC scarves also adorned the railings of the cobbled footpath between Lowerhouse Lane and the canal.

One message read: “RIP Robbie, you’re with the angels now.” Another said: “Rest in peace Robbie. Gone but not forgotten.”

And a touching message from his mum, Nicola Grimshaw, said: “My gorgeous baby. I love you, I miss you, always in my heart forever. Mum x”

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7:04am Fri 25 Apr 14

BuckoTheMoose says...

Typical politician. A tragedy happens because a child was doing something they shouldn't have been doing and they're all over it.

Surely the testimony of the other people in the article, that the pipes has been in daily use by children for a least thirty years without a similar accident, just goes to show that this was a freak tragedy.
Typical politician. A tragedy happens because a child was doing something they shouldn't have been doing and they're all over it. Surely the testimony of the other people in the article, that the pipes has been in daily use by children for a least thirty years without a similar accident, just goes to show that this was a freak tragedy. BuckoTheMoose
  • Score: 46

7:23am Fri 25 Apr 14

Looky70 says...

Myself and my hubby walk past with the dogs, we are always telling kids to get down, it's not just the pipe, they walk on the bridge walls and climb over and down to the pipe, needs fencing totally, it was only a matter of time, they could help with gates too at side entrance on to the canal footpaths.
Myself and my hubby walk past with the dogs, we are always telling kids to get down, it's not just the pipe, they walk on the bridge walls and climb over and down to the pipe, needs fencing totally, it was only a matter of time, they could help with gates too at side entrance on to the canal footpaths. Looky70
  • Score: 8

7:54am Fri 25 Apr 14

rudis_dad says...

Nowt like a photo opportunity, eh Gordon? Is there no level to which you won't stoop?
Nowt like a photo opportunity, eh Gordon? Is there no level to which you won't stoop? rudis_dad
  • Score: 20

8:22am Fri 25 Apr 14

A Darener says...

How about all the H&S inspectors employed by the utility company's going out and about in a pre-emptive strike to find all these potential safety hazards and reporting back to their masters to prevent these tragedies instead of writing reports saying why an accident has happened.
How about all the H&S inspectors employed by the utility company's going out and about in a pre-emptive strike to find all these potential safety hazards and reporting back to their masters to prevent these tragedies instead of writing reports saying why an accident has happened. A Darener
  • Score: 10

8:52am Fri 25 Apr 14

DaveBurnley says...

You can't stop children taking risks, it's something they have always done. This was a tragic accident, but thousands of other children will do similar things each week without serious injury. All you can do is to point out the dangers to children and hope that they will learn what not to do.
You can't stop children taking risks, it's something they have always done. This was a tragic accident, but thousands of other children will do similar things each week without serious injury. All you can do is to point out the dangers to children and hope that they will learn what not to do. DaveBurnley
  • Score: 39

9:33am Fri 25 Apr 14

Mikeee47 says...

you know when it's voting time Birtwistle pops up, hear nothing for ages then pops up like a bad smell.
There are pipes running all along the canal bridges.
Tragic as it is a boy lost his life, like said in previous posts, these pipes have been a play thing since time began.
what is someone falls out of a tree are gonna cut them all down?
Do something for the Town and the people instead of your own agenda
you know when it's voting time Birtwistle pops up, hear nothing for ages then pops up like a bad smell. There are pipes running all along the canal bridges. Tragic as it is a boy lost his life, like said in previous posts, these pipes have been a play thing since time began. what is someone falls out of a tree are gonna cut them all down? Do something for the Town and the people instead of your own agenda Mikeee47
  • Score: 26

12:32pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Manuel Hung says...

I see Gordon hindsight Birtwistle wants to sort something else out after the event.

Not content with criticising the Police or wanting to raise the price of alcohol (except in the Commons where it is subsidised by the tax payer) he now jumps on this bandwagon.

Seriously, Google 'they work for you' to see how he rates compared to other MP's.

Roll on the next election when he goes!
I see Gordon hindsight Birtwistle wants to sort something else out after the event. Not content with criticising the Police or wanting to raise the price of alcohol (except in the Commons where it is subsidised by the tax payer) he now jumps on this bandwagon. Seriously, Google 'they work for you' to see how he rates compared to other MP's. Roll on the next election when he goes! Manuel Hung
  • Score: 20

1:18pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Truth will out says...

I'm not a fan of Gordon Birtwistle but there's clearly some Labour opportunists around here.

If he'd said nothing about this tragedy he'd be cold, heartless, not caring about constituents.

If he says something about it he's making political capital out of it.

A no-win situation. I agree with him something should be done and I'm glad he's said it.

Meanwhile my sincere condolences to the family. May the little lad RIP.
I'm not a fan of Gordon Birtwistle but there's clearly some Labour opportunists around here. If he'd said nothing about this tragedy he'd be cold, heartless, not caring about constituents. If he says something about it he's making political capital out of it. A no-win situation. I agree with him something should be done and I'm glad he's said it. Meanwhile my sincere condolences to the family. May the little lad RIP. Truth will out
  • Score: 6

1:35pm Fri 25 Apr 14

BURNLEYITE40 says...

IF IM THINKING OF THE RIGHT ONE ITS GOT A BARRIER ROUND IT,WHEN I WAS A KID WAS ALWAYS TEMPTED TO TRY CROSS IT BUT WAS SENSIBLE ENUF NOT TO DO IT,EVEN THO I CUD SWIM GOOD ENUF BUT WAS THE CANAL ID AV ENDED UP IN,.,
POOR LAD THOI,JUST SHUDDA THOUGHT OF THE "WHAT COULD HAPPEN"
IF IM THINKING OF THE RIGHT ONE ITS GOT A BARRIER ROUND IT,WHEN I WAS A KID WAS ALWAYS TEMPTED TO TRY CROSS IT BUT WAS SENSIBLE ENUF NOT TO DO IT,EVEN THO I CUD SWIM GOOD ENUF BUT WAS THE CANAL ID AV ENDED UP IN,., POOR LAD THOI,JUST SHUDDA THOUGHT OF THE "WHAT COULD HAPPEN" BURNLEYITE40
  • Score: -15

1:36pm Fri 25 Apr 14

BURNLEYITE40 says...

OKAY I GOT HE WRONG PLACE.....I WAS THININ OF LOWER MANOR LANE BARDEN LANE AREA.I APOLOGISE.THAT ONE HAS A BARRIER ROUND IT.AND THEY SHUD ALL HAVE ONE AS ITS ONWE OF THEM "SHUD I TRY IT OR NOIT" N HE FELL VICTIM TO THE "YES I SHALL DO"
OKAY I GOT HE WRONG PLACE.....I WAS THININ OF LOWER MANOR LANE BARDEN LANE AREA.I APOLOGISE.THAT ONE HAS A BARRIER ROUND IT.AND THEY SHUD ALL HAVE ONE AS ITS ONWE OF THEM "SHUD I TRY IT OR NOIT" N HE FELL VICTIM TO THE "YES I SHALL DO" BURNLEYITE40
  • Score: -14

1:55pm Fri 25 Apr 14

boynesider says...

another MP trying to make political capital out of a tragic situation.i suspect if somebody had contacted him prior to this he would've just referred them to Unite Utilities.
a young lad sadly lost his life doing what boys do everyday.no need to look to blame someone
another MP trying to make political capital out of a tragic situation.i suspect if somebody had contacted him prior to this he would've just referred them to Unite Utilities. a young lad sadly lost his life doing what boys do everyday.no need to look to blame someone boynesider
  • Score: 7

2:06pm Fri 25 Apr 14

noddy57 says...

Although it is tragic for the poor boys family l cannot help but think this politician is milking it for all its worth, this pipe has been there for decades and there has never been a tragedy such as this so why should the local MP not see it for what it is ,a tragic accident and give his poor family the time to grieve and not have to drag it out longer than it need be by making more headlines that really are not needed at this time..my deepest condolences to his family.
Although it is tragic for the poor boys family l cannot help but think this politician is milking it for all its worth, this pipe has been there for decades and there has never been a tragedy such as this so why should the local MP not see it for what it is ,a tragic accident and give his poor family the time to grieve and not have to drag it out longer than it need be by making more headlines that really are not needed at this time..my deepest condolences to his family. noddy57
  • Score: 11

2:19pm Fri 25 Apr 14

rumblesteveskin says...

Just PUT UP A SIGN!

That's all Burnley Council do when there is a real danger of someone getting injured.

There are a few places around Burnley with signs to indemnify the council after the lad was killed on their skatepark.
Just PUT UP A SIGN! That's all Burnley Council do when there is a real danger of someone getting injured. There are a few places around Burnley with signs to indemnify the council after the lad was killed on their skatepark. rumblesteveskin
  • Score: 62

2:53pm Fri 25 Apr 14

rumblesteveskin says...

HA!!

the sport of Cache Clearing!!!


Somene must work for the council if they have that much time on their hands!

:-)
HA!! the sport of Cache Clearing!!! Somene must work for the council if they have that much time on their hands! :-) rumblesteveskin
  • Score: 6

3:26pm Fri 25 Apr 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

Lets put a sign up, wrap the pipe in bubble wrap, put 24 hour guards on it!

Where does it stop? Yeah this is a very tragic accident but kids will be kids and they will just find the next thing to walk over!

As a quote from the very article says "All my lifetime kids have played on it"

So that's an entire lifetime and one accident, hardly time to demand drastic changes!
Lets put a sign up, wrap the pipe in bubble wrap, put 24 hour guards on it! Where does it stop? Yeah this is a very tragic accident but kids will be kids and they will just find the next thing to walk over! As a quote from the very article says "All my lifetime kids have played on it" So that's an entire lifetime and one accident, hardly time to demand drastic changes! HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: 12

5:47pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Stone Island: says...

BURNLEYITE40 wrote:
IF IM THINKING OF THE RIGHT ONE ITS GOT A BARRIER ROUND IT,WHEN I WAS A KID WAS ALWAYS TEMPTED TO TRY CROSS IT BUT WAS SENSIBLE ENUF NOT TO DO IT,EVEN THO I CUD SWIM GOOD ENUF BUT WAS THE CANAL ID AV ENDED UP IN,.,
POOR LAD THOI,JUST SHUDDA THOUGHT OF THE "WHAT COULD HAPPEN"
You say you were sensible when you were a kid, so what's happened since? Have you had a whack on the head, or something?
[quote][p][bold]BURNLEYITE40[/bold] wrote: IF IM THINKING OF THE RIGHT ONE ITS GOT A BARRIER ROUND IT,WHEN I WAS A KID WAS ALWAYS TEMPTED TO TRY CROSS IT BUT WAS SENSIBLE ENUF NOT TO DO IT,EVEN THO I CUD SWIM GOOD ENUF BUT WAS THE CANAL ID AV ENDED UP IN,., POOR LAD THOI,JUST SHUDDA THOUGHT OF THE "WHAT COULD HAPPEN"[/p][/quote]You say you were sensible when you were a kid, so what's happened since? Have you had a whack on the head, or something? Stone Island:
  • Score: 9

8:17am Sat 26 Apr 14

woolywords says...

noddy57 wrote:
Although it is tragic for the poor boys family l cannot help but think this politician is milking it for all its worth, this pipe has been there for decades and there has never been a tragedy such as this so why should the local MP not see it for what it is ,a tragic accident and give his poor family the time to grieve and not have to drag it out longer than it need be by making more headlines that really are not needed at this time..my deepest condolences to his family.
Nice one, Noddy. You hit the nail right on the head with your comment.
What a shame that it wasn't used to nail someone's trap, shut!
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: Although it is tragic for the poor boys family l cannot help but think this politician is milking it for all its worth, this pipe has been there for decades and there has never been a tragedy such as this so why should the local MP not see it for what it is ,a tragic accident and give his poor family the time to grieve and not have to drag it out longer than it need be by making more headlines that really are not needed at this time..my deepest condolences to his family.[/p][/quote]Nice one, Noddy. You hit the nail right on the head with your comment. What a shame that it wasn't used to nail someone's trap, shut! woolywords
  • Score: 7

8:24am Sat 26 Apr 14

I predict a riot says...

A real tragedy and my condolences to the family but this pipe has been there for years, it's quite obvious walking across it has potentially fatal consequences which Robbie chose to ignore whilst thrill seeking and sadly paid with his life. Where do you stop though, you wouldn't close the M65 if a child that shouldn't be on it is struck and killed nor should this pipe be removed. Our children need to be better educated and have a little bit more common sense to avoid tragedy's like this happening. Hopefully a lesson will be learned from this so no other family will have to go through the pain and suffering that Robbie's will be doing now.
RIP young man.
A real tragedy and my condolences to the family but this pipe has been there for years, it's quite obvious walking across it has potentially fatal consequences which Robbie chose to ignore whilst thrill seeking and sadly paid with his life. Where do you stop though, you wouldn't close the M65 if a child that shouldn't be on it is struck and killed nor should this pipe be removed. Our children need to be better educated and have a little bit more common sense to avoid tragedy's like this happening. Hopefully a lesson will be learned from this so no other family will have to go through the pain and suffering that Robbie's will be doing now. RIP young man. I predict a riot
  • Score: 4

9:08am Sat 26 Apr 14

drunken donut says...

BURNLEYITE40 wrote:
OKAY I GOT HE WRONG PLACE.....I WAS THININ OF LOWER MANOR LANE BARDEN LANE AREA.I APOLOGISE.THAT ONE HAS A BARRIER ROUND IT.AND THEY SHUD ALL HAVE ONE AS ITS ONWE OF THEM "SHUD I TRY IT OR NOIT" N HE FELL VICTIM TO THE "YES I SHALL DO"
Did you ever attend what passes for a school these days? My 5 year old has a better grasp of the English language, it is better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.
[quote][p][bold]BURNLEYITE40[/bold] wrote: OKAY I GOT HE WRONG PLACE.....I WAS THININ OF LOWER MANOR LANE BARDEN LANE AREA.I APOLOGISE.THAT ONE HAS A BARRIER ROUND IT.AND THEY SHUD ALL HAVE ONE AS ITS ONWE OF THEM "SHUD I TRY IT OR NOIT" N HE FELL VICTIM TO THE "YES I SHALL DO"[/p][/quote]Did you ever attend what passes for a school these days? My 5 year old has a better grasp of the English language, it is better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. drunken donut
  • Score: 6

2:47pm Sat 26 Apr 14

BURNLEYITE40 says...

BURNLEYITE40 wrote:
IF IM THINKING OF THE RIGHT ONE ITS GOT A BARRIER ROUND IT,WHEN I WAS A KID WAS ALWAYS TEMPTED TO TRY CROSS IT BUT WAS SENSIBLE ENUF NOT TO DO IT,EVEN THO I CUD SWIM GOOD ENUF BUT WAS THE CANAL ID AV ENDED UP IN,.,
POOR LAD THOI,JUST SHUDDA THOUGHT OF THE "WHAT COULD HAPPEN"
all them --------`s all cause i told it how it is..its life as a male youngster.....yes i debated as did many others u muppets
and like i said he didnt deserve to die,they shud put the gauards around the one i thought it was on about down barden lane area u fools
[quote][p][bold]BURNLEYITE40[/bold] wrote: IF IM THINKING OF THE RIGHT ONE ITS GOT A BARRIER ROUND IT,WHEN I WAS A KID WAS ALWAYS TEMPTED TO TRY CROSS IT BUT WAS SENSIBLE ENUF NOT TO DO IT,EVEN THO I CUD SWIM GOOD ENUF BUT WAS THE CANAL ID AV ENDED UP IN,., POOR LAD THOI,JUST SHUDDA THOUGHT OF THE "WHAT COULD HAPPEN"[/p][/quote]all them --------`s all cause i told it how it is..its life as a male youngster.....yes i debated as did many others u muppets and like i said he didnt deserve to die,they shud put the gauards around the one i thought it was on about down barden lane area u fools BURNLEYITE40
  • Score: -5

2:49pm Sat 26 Apr 14

BURNLEYITE40 says...

Stone Island: wrote:
BURNLEYITE40 wrote:
IF IM THINKING OF THE RIGHT ONE ITS GOT A BARRIER ROUND IT,WHEN I WAS A KID WAS ALWAYS TEMPTED TO TRY CROSS IT BUT WAS SENSIBLE ENUF NOT TO DO IT,EVEN THO I CUD SWIM GOOD ENUF BUT WAS THE CANAL ID AV ENDED UP IN,.,
POOR LAD THOI,JUST SHUDDA THOUGHT OF THE "WHAT COULD HAPPEN"
You say you were sensible when you were a kid, so what's happened since? Have you had a whack on the head, or something?
yea but sounds like u need a few round yours
[quote][p][bold]Stone Island:[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BURNLEYITE40[/bold] wrote: IF IM THINKING OF THE RIGHT ONE ITS GOT A BARRIER ROUND IT,WHEN I WAS A KID WAS ALWAYS TEMPTED TO TRY CROSS IT BUT WAS SENSIBLE ENUF NOT TO DO IT,EVEN THO I CUD SWIM GOOD ENUF BUT WAS THE CANAL ID AV ENDED UP IN,., POOR LAD THOI,JUST SHUDDA THOUGHT OF THE "WHAT COULD HAPPEN"[/p][/quote]You say you were sensible when you were a kid, so what's happened since? Have you had a whack on the head, or something?[/p][/quote]yea but sounds like u need a few round yours BURNLEYITE40
  • Score: -7

2:51pm Sat 26 Apr 14

BURNLEYITE40 says...

drunken donut wrote:
BURNLEYITE40 wrote:
OKAY I GOT HE WRONG PLACE.....I WAS THININ OF LOWER MANOR LANE BARDEN LANE AREA.I APOLOGISE.THAT ONE HAS A BARRIER ROUND IT.AND THEY SHUD ALL HAVE ONE AS ITS ONWE OF THEM "SHUD I TRY IT OR NOIT" N HE FELL VICTIM TO THE "YES I SHALL DO"
Did you ever attend what passes for a school these days? My 5 year old has a better grasp of the English language, it is better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.
oh deary me i dont use punctuation gosh my heart bleeds for you,,cos i dont use punctuation u flool
[quote][p][bold]drunken donut[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BURNLEYITE40[/bold] wrote: OKAY I GOT HE WRONG PLACE.....I WAS THININ OF LOWER MANOR LANE BARDEN LANE AREA.I APOLOGISE.THAT ONE HAS A BARRIER ROUND IT.AND THEY SHUD ALL HAVE ONE AS ITS ONWE OF THEM "SHUD I TRY IT OR NOIT" N HE FELL VICTIM TO THE "YES I SHALL DO"[/p][/quote]Did you ever attend what passes for a school these days? My 5 year old has a better grasp of the English language, it is better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.[/p][/quote]oh deary me i dont use punctuation gosh my heart bleeds for you,,cos i dont use punctuation u flool BURNLEYITE40
  • Score: -6

3:48pm Sat 26 Apr 14

rggraham1947 says...

An accident waiting to happen.........for 30 years. Boys will be boys; I used to do daft things like that when I was a lad. Luckily, I survived.
An accident waiting to happen.........for 30 years. Boys will be boys; I used to do daft things like that when I was a lad. Luckily, I survived. rggraham1947
  • Score: 6

3:55pm Sat 26 Apr 14

BURNLEYITE40 says...

rggraham1947 wrote:
An accident waiting to happen.........for 30 years. Boys will be boys; I used to do daft things like that when I was a lad. Luckily, I survived.
quite correct,but as u can see..by my comments expect ,many - comments............
.......but then its probs read by the silvber sirfers who got the belt n what not for doing wroere so farng......2nd lad to die in canal so far RIP to BOTH "KIDS" who died in th
[quote][p][bold]rggraham1947[/bold] wrote: An accident waiting to happen.........for 30 years. Boys will be boys; I used to do daft things like that when I was a lad. Luckily, I survived.[/p][/quote]quite correct,but as u can see..by my comments expect ,many - comments............ .......but then its probs read by the silvber sirfers who got the belt n what not for doing wroere so farng......2nd lad to die in canal so far RIP to BOTH "KIDS" who died in th BURNLEYITE40
  • Score: -4

7:19pm Sat 26 Apr 14

POW WOW says...

Doesn't take a genius to work out what's happened here !!!!!! The canal is centuries old....... the pipework must be from the industrial age..... so I guess it was already made safe for years until a dirty scrap metal thief has made off with the safety implementation, resulting in this poor lad' s death !!!!!!!
Doesn't take a genius to work out what's happened here !!!!!! The canal is centuries old....... the pipework must be from the industrial age..... so I guess it was already made safe for years until a dirty scrap metal thief has made off with the safety implementation, resulting in this poor lad' s death !!!!!!! POW WOW
  • Score: -1

7:20pm Sat 26 Apr 14

rggraham1947 says...

BURNLEYITE40 wrote:
rggraham1947 wrote: An accident waiting to happen.........for 30 years. Boys will be boys; I used to do daft things like that when I was a lad. Luckily, I survived.
quite correct,but as u can see..by my comments expect ,many - comments............ .......but then its probs read by the silvber sirfers who got the belt n what not for doing wroere so farng......2nd lad to die in canal so far RIP to BOTH "KIDS" who died in th
Sorry, can't understand this gibberish!
[quote][p][bold]BURNLEYITE40[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rggraham1947[/bold] wrote: An accident waiting to happen.........for 30 years. Boys will be boys; I used to do daft things like that when I was a lad. Luckily, I survived.[/p][/quote]quite correct,but as u can see..by my comments expect ,many - comments............ .......but then its probs read by the silvber sirfers who got the belt n what not for doing wroere so farng......2nd lad to die in canal so far RIP to BOTH "KIDS" who died in th[/p][/quote]Sorry, can't understand this gibberish! rggraham1947
  • Score: 4

1:42am Sun 27 Apr 14

BIGGLESTOE says...

These pipes may be overflow sewerage feed drains as the sewerage works are lower down in the valley (Lower manor lane). Or possibly just rain water drains, which have not been touched/ improved/tampered with for many a year, as I lived & played in this area since toddler-dom, till moving onwards to pastures fresh. Unfortunately incidents and tragedies have beset the canal trail through this area since my childhood from mid sixties on. I have had near escapes at similar age, but with a healthy respect by ignoring /detouring the pipes, but tackling other foolish stunts, that hospitalised me luckily for short periods of time instead. I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the family and friends concerned for this young lad lost.
These pipes may be overflow sewerage feed drains as the sewerage works are lower down in the valley (Lower manor lane). Or possibly just rain water drains, which have not been touched/ improved/tampered with for many a year, as I lived & played in this area since toddler-dom, till moving onwards to pastures fresh. Unfortunately incidents and tragedies have beset the canal trail through this area since my childhood from mid sixties on. I have had near escapes at similar age, but with a healthy respect by ignoring /detouring the pipes, but tackling other foolish stunts, that hospitalised me luckily for short periods of time instead. I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the family and friends concerned for this young lad lost. BIGGLESTOE
  • Score: 2

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